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The Haven is a unique outdoor museum that provides resources for local bee pollinators, inspires and educates visitors to create pollinator habitat gardens, and provides a site for the observation and study of bees and the plants that support them.


  • 8 cubic yards of decomposed granite to refresh our pathways
  • Gift cards to local nurseries to purchase plants
  • 6-foot wide ADA compliant entrance gate

Please contact us at [email protected] if you can help


David Butcher

Samantha Collette

Alex Woo

California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH). The CCUH was a key partner in the creation of the Haven. They have donated the cost of plant purchases for our recent plant sale. This extremely generous contribution will allow us to update our own plantings and expand our interpretive signage.

In presenting this donation, CCUH Executive Director Dr. Dave Fujino stated, “The CCUH was pleased to be a partner with the Department of Entomology and Nematology in the design, development, and installation of the Honey Bee Haven Garden.  We believe in and strongly support the garden’s mission and its focus on education and outreach, and are thrilled to find ways to continue supporting the Haven and their constant efforts.  For the CCUH, it has always been and will always be ‘about the bees’!”


United States Department of Agriculture NIFA-SCRI: “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture.”

California Department of Food and Agriculture SCBGP: “The ART of the specialty crops-pollinator connection: Awareness, Relevance, and Training.” A project summary is here; there’s also a project Facebook page.


The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, it was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free. For more directions and details to ensure an enjoyable visit, please see “Planning Your Visit.”


Like to eat? Thank a bee! Bees are responsible for pollinating about 1/3 of all the food we eat, including most of the fruits, nuts, and vegetable that make our diets tasty and nutritious. Bees also pollinate many of our wild plants that in turn provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

Yet many bee species (California has about 1600 native bee species) are in decline. While we don’t know all the reasons why this is occurring, one thing is clear: bees need flowers. We can all plant bee gardens, from a few flower pots to several acres. The Haven is a unique location where visitors can see bees and learn what they can do to help.

Can’t make it to the garden? Visit our blog, The Bee Gardener, use the resources on this site, or use the links under “Follow Us” to connect to our social media pages.


New at the Haven: a summary of ornamental plant bee research conducted in 2017 at the Haven is available for download here. This work is part of the project United States Department of Agriculture NIFA-SCRI: “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture.”

New at the Haven: our 2017 Annual Report is now available. Reports for 2016,  2015 and 2014 are also available.

New at the Haven: updated plant lists! A list of all Haven plants, a sortable list of all Haven plants, and a list of California native plants are available. All are current as of January 2018.

2018 events at the Haven:

Please check back frequently as new events are added. Location is listed if the event is not at the Haven. Click here to download a complete list.

February 17. Museum Biodiversity Day open house, 12pm to 4pm. Details here.

April 7. Spring open house and plant sale. Details here.

April 14. Planting the Bee Garden class, 8:00am to 11am. Details here. Register here.

April 14. Bee watching class, 12pm to 3pm. Details here. Register here.

April 26. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, 11am to 1:30pm. Details soon.

May 5. California Honey Festival, all day. Main Street, Woodland. Join us at the UC Davis education booth. Details here.

May 12. National Public Gardens Day open house and plant sale, 11am to 2pm. Details here.

June 23. National Pollinator Week open house and plant sale, 11am to 2pm. Details here.

August 4. Harvest Day, 8am to 2pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Fair Oaks. Join us for this event organized by the Sacramento County Master Gardener volunteers. We’ll have lots of information about bees and plants as well as solitary bee houses for sale. Details here.

August 18. Pollinator to Plate, 11am to 2pm. Learn about bees and home food gardens. Details here.

September 22. Fall open house and plant sale, 11am to 2pm. Details here.


The garden is funded by donations and grants. Please consider making a gift to help us in our important work of bee pollinator education and outreach. Thank you. Click here to donate to the garden.

A list of donors is here.


The Haven could not exist without the support of our volunteers. They do much of the garden maintenance and assist at outreach events. Please consider joining the Haven team and supporting our important work. Apply here; to learn more about our volunteers, visit here.

The Haven was planted in the fall of 2009. More….

Contact us: [email protected]

A friendly reminder from our risk management folks: there are bees in the garden! If in your excitement to view our bees up close you should forget the Haven’s walk-only-on-the-path policy you might step on a bee. And if she reminds you she’s there by stinging you, please take a bee sting flyer from the box on the shed. You can also view the flyer here.

Problems? Contact Brian Mendonca. Copyright © UC Regents, Davis campus. All rights reserved. Last Major Site Update: 6 June 2014